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Therapy Minimalism
January 3, 2017 11:35 AM by Teresa Roberts
Therapy materials can make intervention easier or they can get in the way. Sometimes we don’t need as many materials as we think. In the film, “The Minimalists,” Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus describe how we can become so caught up with collecting Read More...
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The Value of a Number
December 14, 2016 8:23 AM by Teresa Roberts
A while ago, I completed an assessment for a student who had transferred from another school district. The student’s family had moved while the evaluation was in process. The sending school had finished the standardized testing, and I completed language Read More...
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Agents of Change
November 18, 2016 8:46 AM by Teresa Roberts
Do you believe that your actions affect your life outcome? Do you believe that you can influence other people by what you say and do? Do you believe that you can be part of a group of people who bring about positive change in the world? The ability to Read More...
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Questions for Upsetting Times
October 24, 2016 10:34 AM by Teresa Roberts
I saw something upsetting this week. I wasn’t sure whether or not I should tell you about it, but I decided that we learn a lot not just from good things, but bad things too. It was a brief incident that highlighted greater concerns at the individual, Read More...
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Our Time Matters
October 10, 2016 9:06 AM by Teresa Roberts
Every day is a chance to make a positive difference in the lives of clients, families, and colleagues. Our daily activities are important and have immediate effects. When days are hectic, it becomes easy to feel rushed and overwhelmed. Reflecting on the Read More...
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Understanding Passive Sentences
October 3, 2016 11:16 AM by Teresa Roberts
While assessing a middle school student for the presence/absence of a language disorder, I asked the student the following question, “Jan saw Pedro. Dwayne saw Frances. Who was seen?” The student did not respond correctly to this trial item and benefited Read More...
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Using Perceptual Illusions in Speech Therapy
September 12, 2016 4:01 PM by Teresa Roberts
Children who have challenges with pragmatics and social language often struggle with recognizing that people have different perspectives on the same situation. People interpret actions, behaviors, and events from their own unique viewpoint. One of my Read More...
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Observing the Complexity of Fun
September 6, 2016 9:42 PM by Teresa Roberts
We know that we make positive changes in the lives of our clients, but our work can also make a meaningful difference to the next generation of speech-language pathologists. Many years ago, when I was learning to be a clinician, I observed Dr. Bob, a Read More...
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Starting in a New School
August 29, 2016 8:41 AM by Teresa Roberts
Are you new to a school building this year? There are, of course, the obvious tasks: • Make friends with the secretaries and custodial staff • Connect with administration and share how happy you are to be at the school • Complete a monthly calendar for Read More...
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Learning from Clinical Mistakes
August 8, 2016 4:15 PM by Teresa Roberts
I hate making clinical mistakes. They make me feel bad about my skills and myself. Mistakes may often be based on lack of information, which affects the development of a relationship. Sometimes the desire to make a difference as quickly as possible negatively Read More...
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Morality of Materials
July 26, 2016 10:04 AM by Teresa Roberts
All of our treatment materials teach cultural values and morals. The words, photographs, drawings, games and activities represent what society perceives to be important. They imply ways to behave and belief systems. My colleague and I were swapping stories Read More...
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Rainbow Fairies
June 29, 2016 9:05 AM by Teresa Roberts
Fairies represent magic and wonder. The word “fairy” is a magic because it helps students transition from consonantal /r/ to vocalic /r/. The intervocalic /r/ in medial position allows us to produce /r/ at the end of the first syllable and the beginning Read More...
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Record It
June 14, 2016 2:04 PM by Teresa Roberts
Cell phones and tablets allow for immediate audio and video recording. Students typically begin by making silly recordings of greetings and funny sayings. Since most of us are initially surprised at how our voice sounds on a recording, we watch British Read More...
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What Did You Learn This Year?
June 9, 2016 9:25 AM by Teresa Roberts
Every school year we learn new things. I recently took a few minutes to ask each student the question, “What have you learned about your talking and your speaking this year?” Here are a few of the different responses: • “I learned that I can do good R’s Read More...
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'Dear Tongue...'
May 31, 2016 3:38 PM by Teresa Roberts
“We need to write a letter to your tongue so that it will know what to do. What directions do we need to give your tongue?” The students generate directions and tips that we write on a card. A “Dear Tongue” letter for /r/ might be: “Dear Tongue, • Remember Read More...
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    Speech in the Schools
    Occupation: School-based speech-language pathologists
    Setting: Traditional and specialized K-12 classrooms
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